Monday, December 11, 2017

Glitzy Clip Board *Fail* - Dollar Store Craft Challenge

It's time for another Dollar Store Craft Challenge!  I love partnering with this talented group of bloggers! 
My project begins with a very humble clip board from our nearby dollar store.  It was only $3.50 and I actually need one for a couple of places I visit for my job outside the blog.  I thought this would be quick and simple.   Wrong!

There's no removing that hardware, so I carefully taped around it.  My plan was to spray paint both sides black, but the fiber board needed a lot more layers than I expected.  After giving the back several coats, my black paint began to splutter after just a couple passes over the front.  Uh oh.  Not to be deterred, out came the purple.

The clip board is still functional, but for me, this project is a fail.  I really don't like the way it looks.  The spray paint is all splotchy and uneven.

If you look at it sideways and squint a little, it sort of looks like a stormy night sky, right?  ;-)  No?  I didn't think so either.  ;-)

For some reason, this particular font did not weed well.  Even though I placed the lettering, tugged it away and placed it again and again, the phrase is still crooked.  Heavy sigh...  This is where I gave up on the front.

Other than the snow man, I don't really care for the back either.  I have some ideas on how to fix it, but certainly welcome your input!  ;-)  Right now, my plan is to scrape away all the vinyl and try painting with a roller to get an even base color.  There's no telling what might happen next!

Please take time to visit the other bloggers.  Their projects look great!

;-)  -Marci


  1. Aww, Marci! Sometimes the best ideas are better than how projects actually turn out! And this is a great idea! I've never had any success using spray paint - I can never get an even coat. But it's amazing how photos can take on a different look and make things seem better than we think they actually are! And our fails turn out to be "A" OK!

  2. It is a great idea, Marci. I know I can be a klutz with spray paint at times--not the easiest to work with. You will need to post if you do use a roller so we can see the finished project.

  3. Marci, The concept is wonderful and I'm sorry it didn't turn out the way you wanted it to. Hoping that a roller will give you the coverage you were looking for!

  4. I agree with Laurie, this is a great idea. Maybe if you give it a light sanding before repainting, you'll get a smoother look.

  5. Oh boy, you certainly have opened up a can of worms. My go-to primer is usually chalky type paint. After I put down a few coats of that everything usually flows on smoothly and nice.

  6. I have lots of craft fails myself! Thanks for sharing at Party in Your PJs!


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